Lifestyle Vehicles

The highly desirable foil to luxury SUVs

Yes the 530d is on a beach. Yes it's all-wheel drive. No, it's not an SUV (it's better).

Adding an estate body shape and xDrive to the 5-series transforms both image and the driving experience, reports David Linklater.

Golf turbo drives Tiguan SUV video

The Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line, powered by the same turbocharged engine as the Golf GTi.

Stick a hot hatch's turbocharged engine into an SUV and you get a rather invigorating drive.

Maserati Levante S for NZ

Maserati Levante S.

Performance SUV opens the door for more powerful models.

Kiwi keeps Jeeps going forever video

Tony Comber with his latest Jeep.

They were the workhorses of the US Army, and Tony Comber loves them to bits.

Isuzu MU-X no longer mysterious

Most visible exterior change is this new nose with its different grille, LED lights and daytime running lights. ...

We drive Isuzu's upgraded MU-X which is probably the most straightforward SUV around.

Another luxury AMG to desire

Pseudo-coupe body style brings sex appeal to GLC. But it's nothing compared with the excitement the 43-badge brings.

Kiwis have suddenly gone quite mad on Merc-AMGs and here's another that ups the fun factor.

Skoda debuts new baby SUV video

Skoda's 2018 Karoq SUV.

Skoda's SUV onslaught continues with new Mazda CX-3 rival.

The world's most outrageous people mover video

Tesla Model X is based on same platform as Model S sedan. But strange things happen when you open the doors.

Electric performance and weird doors really give the Model X wings.

It's a Land Rover not a Sea Rover video

A stranded Land Rover SUV is hit by waves on a beach in the US.

An SUV driver's joy ride along a beach in the US has come to a salty and sandy end.

Big Shaq's big truck video

Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is happy with his big Ford truck.

When you are 2.16m tall and wear size 22 shoes you need a big truck to get around.

Suzuki double act complete

The facelifted Suzuki S-Cross with its toothy new grille.

Now we know why Suzuki's facelifted S-Cross crossover vehicle is sporting its toothy new grin.

Jeep joins the black out

Jeep's "Blackhawk" Grand Cherokee in white with blackout trim.

Jeep is the latest carmaker to jump aboard the black is the new chrome train.

Any ute colour, so long as its black

This is the it's not, it's the new Holden Colorado Blackout.

Everything is going all black in New Zealand's world of utes.

Skoda storms into NZ's SUV market

The Skoda Kodiaq - opposition brands may feel relieved that the New Zealand importer is restricted to 380 units this year.

Introducing the Kodiaq - Skoda's first proper SUV.

V8 Jeep missing a spot

It's possible there's too much choice in the Grand Cherokee range. Because we can't see where this one fits.

We look at the secret lurking in the Grand Cherokee range that doesn't often get talked about.

EVs still not for everyone

Outlander PHEV with two real electric cars, Hyundai Ioniq and BMW i3. Ours is the one not plugged in.

OPINION: Electric vehicles have come a long way, but they're still not quite right for us regular people.

Milestone Evoques Landmark Edition

2017 Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition.

British brand is celebrating its compact SUV's sixth anniversary.

V6 grunt makes this ute a luxurious beast

The Volkswagen Amarok V6 - relatively understated on the outside, but plenty of punch underneath.

VW ups the power battle in NZ's ute wars by pinching the V6 turbo-diesel from the Touareg SUV for its Amarok.

Discovery can get down and dirty video

All-Terrain Progress Control activated, a Discovery crawls down a steep hillside.

We drive Land Rover's latest Discovery in places that most examples are unlikely to experience.

Hilux becomes a beefcake

The much more substantial-looking Toyota Hilux TRD, featuring its more macho nose.

Toyota's special TRD treatment to the Hilux is all about beefing up the looks.

Dressed-up Isuzu D-Max?

D-Max is more about work, less about play than other "lifestyle" utes. Even in more luxurious LS specification.

The revised D-Max ute is still more about function than weekend fun.

Big football bucks means big motors

A Rolls-Royce Wraith is just one of a handful luxury cars owned by Manchester City's Yaya Toure.

Mega-sized salaries make the wheels go round on luxury motors if you play for the Manchester clubs in football's EPL.

Nissan facelifts SUVs

Nose jobs for Nissan's X-Trail and Pathfinder.

A pair of Nissan SUVs get nose jobs among other changes.

Delight in detail on new Mazda CX-5

New CX-5 is a crucial: it's Mazda NZ's single biggest-selling model and a hero-car for the brand.

Japanese maker's medium-SUV has been refined to the nth degree, reports David Linklater.

Rhino XT is an extreme SUV video

The original Rhino XT on display at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show.

Fresh off a star turn in The Fate of the Furious, a custom builder in the US has upgraded its newest creation.

Lexus updates NX SUV

The updated Lexus NX that was unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai auto show.

Japanese brand's mid-size SUV gets a mid-life makeover and tagged for NZ in 2018.

Subaru reveals new big SUV video

Subaru Ascent SUV Concept was unveiled at the 2017 New York auto show.

Subaru is back in the seven-seat SUV race but don't expect to see it in New Zealand.

Outlander moves towards petrol-free driving

Doesn't look any different, but upgraded Outlander plug-in has made huge strides towards EV-status.

Groundbreaking plug-in SUV has gained even stronger EV-credentials.

World Car of the Year named

Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar's first performance SUV has been named 2017 World Car of the Year.

Rapper's ride reborn video

Lincoln Navigator on display at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Ford gets back into the "bossy beast" market with a blinged up monster SUV.

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